FLASHBACK: July 1976

JULY 1976

Brothers’ players wondered why Queensland centre, Graham Quinn was in no hurry to get under the shower, after the club’s 17-8 win over Norths at Corbett Park, Grange.

The explanation was alarming, when viewed through the lens of today’s focus on the effects of concussion.

It transpired that Quinn thought it was halftime, not fulltime. He had been knocked out by a hefty, but legitimate tackle by giant young Norths’ forward, Darryl Brohman, mid-way through the first half.

Quinn played out the 80 minutes, but had no memory of the game.

“Teammates reckon he played so well, they might hit him on the head every first half,” wrote The Courier-Mail’s Jack Reardon. Different times.

Second rower, David Wright and winger, Ian Dauth received three points and two points respectively in The Courier-Mail best and fairest award, while Brohman got one point.

Brothers’ big forwards rode roughshod over the lighter Norths’ pack, with Bob Cock and Peter McNamara leading the way. Brothers’ winger, Paul O’Donnell scored a dazzling try after fielding a kick, wrong footing the defence and sprinting 80 metres.

A field goal by former schoolboy Australian rules player, Geoff Naylor, two minutes from full-time gave Easts a thrilling 14-13 win over Wynnum-Manly at Langlands Park. Easts were deserving winners, scoring three tries to one. Wynnum hooker, John Dowling kept the Seagulls in the hunt with his goal kicking, until Fijian prop, Inosi Toga crashed over for a try eight minutes from fulltime.

Dowling, who kicked five goals from five shots in windy conditions, was exceptional in the open, but so too was Easts’ Test hooker, John Lang, who also won the scrums 19-9. Lang’s 1973 Kangaroo tour teammate, Warren Orr was in fine form on the wing for Wynnum.

Souths held on grimly to beat Redcliffe 21-18 in a tough tackling match at Lang Park, where the standard of goal kicking was high, with Ian ‘Bunny’ Pearce landing six from seven for the Dolphins and Souths’ former Wingham Tigers’ winger, Tom Gillogly landing six from nine in the difficult conditions.

Souths’ International centre, John Grant always beat the first tackle, and frequently three tackles. He also was a powerful defender. Souths’ halfback, Noel Cowell’s cover defence was a feature. Redcliffe forward, Forester Grayson, a rodeo bull rider, was the Dolphins’ best.

Dual rugby international, Geoff Richardson engineered all three Wests’ tries in the Panthers’ 19-12 win over Valleys at Purtell Park, Bardon. Richardson’s use of the strong westerly in the first half relieved pressure on his forwards, who were finding the going tough against an under-strength Valleys’ pack. Lightweight prop, Dennis Ride repeatedly caught Wests’ flat footed close to the rucks and made long gains. Wests’ best forward was prop, John Young.

In New Zealand, touring English club, St Helens battled gamely against the Auckland representative side, before losing 20-13 at Carlaw Park. Former All Black rugby union fullback, Joe Karam landed four goals from six shots and scored a try for the home side. Karam did not go on to play for the Kiwis.

FOOTNOTE: I have written a feature on Graham Quinn, and it will appear in the next edition of the Men of League Foundation magazine. Become a Men of League member and get the magazine in the mail.

Brothers’ centre, Graham Quinn braces for impact, after Wynnum-Manly rival, Neville Hornery puts in a grubber kick

Darryl Brohman (front and centre) with other members of the Queensland State of Origin side at a store promotion. Telegraph sports editor, John ‘Morto’ Morton (left with back to camera) and Brisbane president, Tom Drysdale are the men in suits

Easts’ Geoff Naylor in full cry

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Souths’ John Grant draws Valleys’ prop, Al McInnes

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